Financing plans for a proposed Vikings stadium are having as much success as the stumbling team these days. An extra sales tax in Ramsey County was roundly booed; Minneapolis has a cap of $10 million on the amount that can be used for stadium building. A state-run casino needs a state Constitution change. And no one in power wants to ask the team to build it themselves.
So some legislators are thinking expanded charitable gambling may be the right call.
Don Davis of the Fargo Forum notes that Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, “said it appears gambling will be part of any funding solution as the Vikings want to build a $1.1 billion facility in northern Ramsey County.”
There’s support for gambling expansion, the story says, from:
- Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, who said everyone would benefit from his idea to allow businesses like bars and restaurants to sell lottery tickets via electronic devices that resemble slot machines.
- King Wilson, who leads a coalition of the state’s charities that benefit from pulltabs and bingo, said the same thing about his proposal to allow those games to go electronic.
- Sen. Katie Sieben DFL-Cottage Grove, likes the idea of expanded charitable gaming through e-pulltabs because that has the most support from service organizations in her district.
These plans assume that electronic gambling expansion would draw new, younger people into the gambling milieu.
Gov. Mark Dayton thinks electronic pulltabs will get the most support from legislators, the story said, which is important because supporters will need some DFL support of expanded gambling to make up for those Republicans who balk at the idea of more gambling on moral grounds.